Cuba 2015, 03 02 disappeared, so will follow … Maybe!
We get to sleep in a little bit, meet for breakfast, make trips to the bank to change Euros, Canadian Dollars, or USD – US dollars. We climb aboard our bus with Thomas at the wheel and head a little across town for a dance presentation by Irene Rodriguez. It was far too short for our taste based on the last times we had seen her, but our group enjoyed the blend of ballet – Irene is Cuba’s prima ballerina – and flamenco. A few years ago, Irene took the top award for flamenco in Andalucia where her grandparents lived and birthplace of that dance form.
Next, we spend time in the largest cemetery in the world, about five square miles. There are always interesting things to photograph and stories to learn about this or that familia or monument. Laid out in a grid, there are two main avenues forming a cross and intersecting at the cathedral where the funerals take place
It was hot, and we look forward to lunch in a cool restaurant. We return to one Arnie and I know on a roof-top terrace, three stories above the town with an excellent view of one of the old forts across the harbor. We enjoy the food and cool breezes under the pergola and talk about photography and our observations on how happy the Cuban people generally are.
It is time to head out onto the streets again, and we walk back toward the Malecon. Others break off to do their own exploring, but we all agree to meet back at the hotel to see some of the work of our three Cuban friends, all amazing photographers by any standards, then have our first critique session.
Participants learn a lot from these sessions, and it interesting to get the perspective and input from our three local friends.
It is time for dinner, and we break up and head off in different groups to eat. In fact, most of us just head downstairs and eat in the hotel where the food is very tasty.
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